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  •  Democrats kissed up to Delay in the Schiavo mess (none)
    and I'm still angry as hell. Tom Bico again hammers the Democrats for being pansies:

    •  Ouch! (none)
      And what's up with Jesse Jackson?!!

      Proud Promulgator of the Agenda of Deliberate Childlessness: we don't have children, we have cats.

      by Mlle Orignalmale on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 07:00:03 PM PST

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      •  my letter to jesse jackson (none)

        "A short note to Rev. Jesse Jackson, and to whom it may concern at the Rainbow/Push Coalition -- this is something I care deeply about, and feel it is my duty to communicate to you: with your intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, which I feel to be ethically reprobate, morally craven, and profoundly un-Christian, you've lost my support, permanently and irreversibly."

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    •  More complex than it looks on the surface (none)
      The fact that the Schindlers would sell their mailing list certainly raises grave doubts about their integrity.  They shouldn't need the money to pay their legal fees.  Their lawyers are on the payroll of Philanthropy Roundtable - Heritage Foundation-type rightwingers not usually known for their compassion for nonproductive members of society.  One interview on the PR website laments that the courts are the main thing standing in the way of fulfilment of their conservative mission.  So setting a precedent for Presidential interference in judicial decisions would go a long way to further their long-term goals.

      But the Schiavo case is not as clearcut as you might think if you depend on the mainstream media for your news.  Some witnesses say that Terri isn't in a "vegetative state" at all, and that her husband has his own nefarious reasons for claiming she is.  (Insurance scam, plus there is evidence that Michael was an abusive husband, that Terri was planning to divorce him, and that he may even have caused the injuries that led to her brain damage.)

      The State of Florida itself is not known for integrity in government or respect for rights of the disabled.  People who become temporarily incapacitated in Florida are apt to find themselves permanents wards of the state whether they like it or not.  (I say this from personal knowledge of three such cases - and I don't even live in Florida!)  It enables the state to seize the assets of disabled retirees and vacationers who have no nearby family.  Though Florida shouldn't have any vested interest in the outcome of the Schiavo case, any statewide scam would imply that a lot of judges are for sale to the highest bidder.

      Whatever his ethical qualifications, Judge Greer is (literally) blind, and therefore may not have been the best person to rule on the degree of responsiveness of a nonverbal patient like Terri.

      One website goes on about a possible Scientology connection to this case.  Once that angle would have seemed far-fetched.  But after watching the antics of Rev. Moon and the Christian Right, I'm ready to consider that there may be equally bizarre players on the other side of the political fence!

      The Scientologists have vast connections within the Florida government, particularly in the town of Clearwater, where Greer's courthouse is next-door to their headquarters.  The site says that Scientologists are opposed on principle to the idea of keeping disabled people alive.

      We all know the widespread horror of being kept alive as a vegetable.  Less widely known is the fear among disabled people that they may someday be terminated as a "vegetable"!  Stroke victims who are immobilized may yet be fully conscious, whether or not we can find any way to communicate with them.  Some paralyzed people would prefer death to staring at the ceiling, but others have an active mental life and no desire to check out early.  They feel that their lives are every bit as valuable as those of the TAB (Temporarily Able-Bodied people).  Thinking of people like Stephen Hawking, Milton Erickson, Ken Keyes and Christopher Reeve, I would have to agree.

      To me, the most disturbing thing about this case has been the readiness of people on both sides of the debate to adopt a passionate opinion on the basis of incomplete information, and then to assume the worst of anyone who disagrees with them.  The Wikipedia entry is the only third-party website that I've found that tries to present both sides of this struggle in a balanced way.  And neither side is looking too good to me right now.

      However, I really don't see how a humanitarian case can be made for thirsting someone to death, unless that person is in extreme pain or places an intolerable burden on a caregiver.  Even then, humane euthanasia would involve something more like a shot of morphine.  

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